|Homemade Go Cart|
When I was nine years old, and soon after moving from East North Street in Owosso, to the house on King Street, my father brought home a go cart one day. If I remember correctly, he picked it up at a boat show, and was probably some kind of promotional gift. Anyway, it was in pieces, and I had to put it together. The kit was for a "coasting-type" cart, as the kit did not include an engine.
However, there was this old broken-down lawn mower in the garage, so one day I robbed the motor from the mower, and installed it on the cart. I cobbled together some parts in the garage. I remember I used the centrifugal clutch off the mower, as well as the throttle cable and throttle lever control from the mower's handlebar.
At first I simply drove the go-cart around in back of the house and up and down the driveway, but after a day or two, the neighbor lady next door called the cops to complain about the noise from my racing around in the cart.
I then got permission from the nearby (1 block) grocery store to use their parking lot on Sunday, when the store was closed. I'd push the cart over to the grocery's parking lot, and race around the parking lot for an hour or two. It was only a few weeks that I was able to do this, and back came the cops. This time there was a problem with me pushing an "unlicensed" motor vehicle on the public streets! What a croc of shit!
After all that, I remember sneaking it out onto the streets on a few occasions, but after loosing my parking lot privileges, I was really not able to use it much anymore, unfortunately. I must have given it away before we moved from Owosso in the summer of 1961, because I remember that it never made it down to North Carolina.